ESM Exec Admits Skirting Import Duties On Military Supplies

Law360, New York (March 14, 2012, 1:29 PM EDT) -- The former president of metal powder supplier ESM Group Inc. pled guilty Tuesday in Buffalo, N.Y., to federal charges that he avoided import duties when he helped smuggle magnesium from China used to make flares for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Charles Wright pled guilty before U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to one count of conspiracy to smuggle merchandise into the U.S. by false and fraudulent invoices. He faces up to five years and prison and a $250,000 fine.

His sentencing is scheduled for June...
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